TV Ratings Sunday: Emmys Slide From 2011, Sunday Night Football Still Dominates Night (Updated)

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September 24th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 6.4/17 3.0/8 2.9/8 1.5/4 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 5.9/18 2.4/7 2.3/7 1.7/4 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million)  15.921 11.397 10.522 3.376 2.673


Update: in time zone adjusted fast nationals (basically, finals) The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards was adjusted up to a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating. We won't see any adjustments for the other networks until the finals are posted tomorrow.

Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football) FOX/CBS (NFL Overruns)  and ABC (Emmy Awards ) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

Note: CBS and FOX had sports overruns which resulted in programming time adjustments. On CBS, all program start times were pushed back thirty-seven minutes, with primetime programming commencing at 8:07

NBC was number one among adults 18-49  and with total viewers.

On ABC The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards earned a 3.3 3.8 adults 18-49 rating, down from last year's 4.2 (final) rating. The Emmys Red Carpet Live Special preceding the awards show earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating at 8PM.

On NBC , Sunday Night Football (Patriots/Ravens)  at 8:30-11:00PM earned a 8.1 adults 18-49  rating,down from last week's 8.9 18-49 rating, but the best "week 3" game ratings in four years and the second best week 3 primetime game since 1997.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, September 23, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM CBS NFL Overrun 7.0 20 21.30
NBC Football Night in America 2.2 6 6.46
ABC Emmy's Red Carpet Live 1.6 5 7.28
FOX NFL Overrun/ American Dad -R 1.2 4 3.19
7:30 PM NBC Football Night in America 2.9 8 7.59
FOX The Cleveland Show -R 1.1 3 2.45
8:00 PM NBC Football Night in America 5.9 16 14.29
ABC 64th Primetime Emmys 3.8 9 13.20
CBS NFL Overrun/60 Minutes 3.1 8 12.90
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.5 4 3.36
8:30 PM NBC Sunday Night Football (8:30-11) 8.1 20 19.82
FOX Bob's Burgers -R 1.4 4 3.07
9:00PM FOX Family Guy -R 1.8 4 4.01
CBS 60 Minutes/Person of Interest -R 1.0 2 5.98
9:30 PM FOX Family Guy -R 1.8 4 4.18
10:00PM CBS Person of Interest-R/ The Mentalist -R 1.0 3 5.29

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.



Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Spanky

    A TV show honoring TV shows and you wonder why it gets beat by football?

  • zoo

    Interesting that the libtard convention (Emmys) didn’t rally as expected when Kimmel ask “is anybody voting for Romney?” There were as many or more cheers than boos. Actually, that is shocking considering Hollywood’s leftist sewer had overflowed into the venue.

  • JT

    No one wants to watch people being awarded for what is essentially state sponsored propaganda at worst, and malpractice at best.

  • Dan from Texas

    So, I did a couple of channel switches from the game to the Emmy’s. Once I saw that Claire Danes and Damian Lewis had won, I was happy and didn’t switch back. I’ve had it with Hollywood and Broadcast TV shoving their leftist agendas down our throats. I’m not willing to hear actors and actresses, many of them high school drop-outs, tell me who I should vote for in November. The disdain that most of them have for those of us with a different political position is just too much to bear any longer. I will not continue to support them any longer nor will I support the companies that support their nonsense.

  • Babygate

    We don’t have to ‘think’ that Hollywood is “a leftist conspiracy”. It was the leftist president that called entertainers the arbiters of culture. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out the intention of that statement. The fact that the government is now paying Hollywood to promote Obamacare on their programs makes it even more clear for you, in case you had any doubts.

  • KarenM

    Kimmel’s a funny guy but start the political jokes and I’m done.

  • DW

    you guys know that homeland is produced by a Conservative right?. damn those lefties. lol.

  • young

    Give the cable show their own Emmys for godsakes.

    Why can’t Whitney get an Emmy it was the best comedy I was watching when it got better? No cause their little darling Modern Family has to win. F that show.

  • mom

    I hope this is a sign of people just out and out sick of the Hollywood crowd following oboma

  • TheTXBigDog

    It is because Hollywood people are so screwed up. What other business demeans and hates the people that pay their salaries? Hollywood is unethical, lying, cheating, lazy rich drug addicted losers who portray other personalities. Hollywood and democratic liberals are the worst of America and they will be Sean Penned with their movie and television shows losing money. If Obama wins, America loses and there will be consequences.

  • BarrysHypocrisy

    Why would anyone want to watch a bunch of hollywood elitists pat themselves on the back?

  • astralweeks

    Awards shows like the Emmys are pretty much a bunch of empty headed celebrities engaged in a big circle-jerk.

  • Mary

    What a bunch of whiners today. Well, I enjoyed the show. It wasn’t great but I don’t go around hating people just because they’re famous or they don’t agree with my political views.

  • Kala

    Kimmil started out by akienating half of the audience with his mocking of conservatives. All those people turned to another station. Snarky TV stars aren’t winning any points when they diss their audience.

  • KarenM

    Why wasn’t PoI nominated?

  • Otaycec

    Football is good entertainment.The Emmys program is just a two hour long television commercial for the television industry. Who cares?

  • Tex Taylor

    Only masochists and dimwits would watch the Emmys. Who in their right mind would want to listen to a bunch of idiot savants and malignant narcissists celebrate themselves? Other than some acting ability, it’s possible these might be the dumbest people on earth, other than their audience.

    The Emmys have been a high value target if I were king.

  • jaline

    We didn’t watch either one. We read books instead of watching TV at all. We did watch the 49ers game earlier in the day, though.

  • DW

    it wasn’t half the audience. just 47 %. :)

  • silvit


    That’s why at 8:30 the ratings were higher than at 8. Because people tuned out…

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